Category: music

A requiem for Cambodia: ‘Bangsokol’ at Melbourne Festival

The Khmer Rouge’s atrocious rule left 1.7 million dead in Cambodia. Today, the victims of the 1975-1979 genocide have become music. Composer Him Sophy has teamed up with filmmaker Rithy Panh to create A requiem for Cambodia: Bangsokol, a multi-disciplinary…

St Kilda’s Shir Madness Festival

It’s a little known fact that ancient Yiddish drinking songs mixed with Twenties Big Band sounds and edgy beats will bring any house down, even if the house happens to be a synagogue. YID was the band (a very big…

Rock and Roll and Don Giovanni together for the very first time

Don Giovanni – Let’s Rock and Roll, the new production by EmotionWorks Cut Opera currently showing at Rubix Warehouse, is a unique fusion of opera and rock. The concept devised by Julie Edwardian (who has previously directed for Opera Australia), reaches…

Client Liaison: A Foreign Affair

My first experience of the phenomenon that is Client Liaison occurred at Melbourne’s St Kilda Festival Sunday in 2016. I had never heard of them and was a little disappointed that a ‘no-name’ band was headlining. Bouncing onto stage in…

Supersense Festival: Spiritualized

I had my first taste of the Melbourne Arts Centre’s Supersense festival back in 2015. Almost two years to the date, I had the pleasure of being a part of the ‘festival of ecstatic’ once again. Supersense is a biennial…

Lohengrin Melbourne Opera

Melbourne Opera’s ‘Lohengrin’: a visual feast

Melbourne Opera delights audiences once again with its second Wagnerian opera, Lohengrin, a visual feast that’s well-cast and beautifully sung. This next chapter maintains the high standard set by its acclaimed predecessor, Tannhäuser. Director Suzanne Chaundy delivers once again with…

Best of August: What to see, eat, drink, and do

August is here! We can begin the countdown to spring. That does not mean you need to be any less busy though so we’ve pulled together our top picks for what you need to be doing this month. And let…

Saxophone player Yolanda Brown at Bird’s Basement

As I walked into the dim blue lights of Bird’s Basement, I felt like I was suddenly transported into an upscale jazz corner of New York. The small venue is tucked away in Singers Lane (near Flagstaff Station), right underneath…

Bach – Passions of the Soul at the Melbourne Recital Centre

Nothing filled my soul with fire on a chilly night like Bach – Passions of the Soul at the Melbourne Recital Centre by an ensemble of talented artists directed by Rachael Beesley, who also performed beautifully on the violin. Bach…